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Cooking: As Requested

Posted by Tespid on March 1, 2015

A friend asked me to post this recipe for him and others. I did not know this recipe had that many people curious.

So, I’ve cooked it enough to have optional ingredients along with the basics to make it work. The structure is simple. It is a recipe fr country fried potatoes with a side of two eggs done anyway you like (I’ve worked the once over lightly angle with this) and toast with butter and any preserve you wish.

Huevos y Papas

Choose your size of potatoes depending on your hunger. Small – one serving, Medium – 1.5 servings, Large potato – 2 servings. When I am hungry and eating alone, I tend toward the medium potato. Select one and scrub well to clean. Cut the potato into 1/2″ cubes. Place in a pan with one tablespoon of bacon grease of corn oil (Each yield as different crispness to the potato as well as different tastes. With a little practice you’ll know what your taste buds are in the mood for.) Cover with a lid and fry on medium heat to crisp. (Cubing the potatoes makes for a quicker cook and crisper skin.)  While the potatoes are just getting started, chop one medium onion fine. You may also add in the fine chop of 1/2 of a poblano pepper or 1/2 cup of chopped breakfast sausage. Add the onions and other chosen components to the potatoes about 10-15 minutes into their cooking. One way to time the dish is to look for transparency in the potatoes and a crisp brown fry on some of their sides. Add a little oil if the potatoes are starting to stick.

In these next ten minutes grab the following seasonings from the cupboard: garlic powder, cumin, paprika, cayenne pepper, mexican chili powder, salt and pepper. Check the potatoes to see if the onions are translucent and possibly brown. If they are add a light dusting of each seasoning over the potatoes. (I never measured when I started cooking like this. It is no more than an 1/8 of a teaspoon per seasoning.This is balanced out with a medium potato to a large.) Fold seasonings in, place the top back over the pan, turn on the fire off and let the food sit for five minutes. I learned a while ago to place the seasonings, especially herbs in the dish in the last five minutes of cooking. The timing and steam invigorates dry spices and does not over cook them to the point of loosing flavor.

During the last five minutes, fix your eggs and toast.

BTW: Even with the seasonings on the papas, I still use ketchup lightly as a condiment.

Lastly, dear friend, I hope this helps. Sometimes I post complex recipes, so I’ll swing some simplicity in as I can. Whatever you do keep cooking and experiment to save your mind and stomach of banality and bland taste tests. I’ll try to remember to post other bits and schmears of what I’ve learned in the kitchen if it helps you. I’m not a kitchen guru but a tale or two about food may just as well help you.

-Pastied Pastry Cook

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Terrorism Calendar: Fish Bait & Salt

Posted by Tespid on February 24, 2015

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Terrorism Calendar Database Resources

Posted by Tespid on February 24, 2015

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Cooking: As Requested: Untitled Cookie Recipe

Posted by Tespid on February 17, 2015

1/2 c. butter

1 can almond paste

1/2 c granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

2 eggs

1-1/2 c. flour

1t baking powder

1t salt

1/2t baking soda

1 can raspberry filling

Preheat the over to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Soften butter in a ceramic bowl. ( 10-15 seconds in the microwave).

Pulse almond paste with the sugars in a food processor. Mix with the butter. if necessary use clean hands for a thorough blend. Cream sugar blend and the eggs together. In a separate bowl sift together the dry ingredients. Add the flour mixture to egg mixture in two additions. Do not over beat. With a 2″ scoop drop the cookies on to a cookie sheet about 2″ apart. Indent the dough with the back of a spoon gently. Do not break through the back of the dough to the sheet. Try pressing the spoon in a tablespoon of sugar between indentations. Fill the indentations with a teaspoon of raspberry filling. Bake 15-20 minutes or until light brown. Cool in the pan for five minutes then transfer to a cooling rack. To retain softness package in a container with a tight seal.

Enjoy!

~Pastied Pastry Chef

(currently contemplating applying for recognition by the CTW’s The Cookie Monster….Go PBS!)

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Cooking: As Requested: A Mexican Menu

Posted by Tespid on February 16, 2015

Chicken Enchiladas

Mexican Rice

Pinto Beans

Timing matters on all the ingredients and cooking times. I finished in roughly four hours with a little prep time done the day before. I figured out over the past five years how to make enchiladas. None of my inspiration comes from cookbooks; it is all sourced from much listening to Hispanic cooks, eating at Mexican restaurants, and a healthy zeal for experimenting. So bear with me. The recipes are not from Tia’s kitchen or Grandmere’s house in the country; it is mostly a healthy approach to old standards and a little time on my hands.

Day One

1) Scrub and rinse one cup of pinto beans. Place in a ceramic bowl and cover with two inches of water. Let them sit over night.

2) Roast three chicken legs (Thigh with drumstick) in the oven at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for one hour. First, dust with salt and pepper then add 1 cup of water to the pan and cover with aluminum foil. When done, cool to room temperature and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Day Two

1) Rinse beans and place in a pot. Cover with two inches of water. Add in the dry ingredients of one tablespoon of Mint, 1 teaspoon of cilantro and one teaspoon of oregano. Turn on medium heat till it the beans boil, then lower heat  to begin the slow cook. Stir occasionally. When the begin to get soft after one to two hours, mash them. Next add one medium onion, three chopped cloves of garlic, one teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of cumin. Stir and cook off water till the beans thicken to the consistency of raw honey.

2) Coarsely chop one medium onion and cook until translucent in two tablespoons of corn oil. At that point add to the pot one cup of rinsed and scrubbed in a strainer brown rice. Add in one extra tablespoon of corn oil and cook the rice till brown. Add 2 and 1/2 cups of bouillon made from one cube of Caldo (Pollo y Tomate) and water. Let boil for 2-3 minutes then lower heat. Place a lid on the pot and let it stay till the rice completes about 45-50 minutes later.

3) Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Chop one small onion and three cloves of garlic. Cook on medium heat in one tablespoon of corn oil. Add in one cup of shredded (finely chopped) spinach. Toss and stir over heat till limp. Meanwhile debone chicken into a large ceramic bowl. Shred two cups of sharp cheddar cheese and place into the bowl. Add in vegetables and toss. Fold in one cup of enchilada sauce. Oil one large pan and set to the side. Use 7-10 flour tortillas for wrapping 1/2 cup of filling. Place filled tortillas in the large pan fold side down. Once the pan is full, pour the remained sauce over the enchiladas. Cover with foil, being sure not to touch the tortillas (If touched they may stick and leave a mess.) Place in the oven for one hour.

Notes:

The chilis in the enchilada sauce are the first aroma and taste I had at the dinner table. There is a hint of salt in the air as well, that is one of the main reasons I added no salt to the filling. Friend told me from his family traditions, the chicken filling is a subtle taste, where as the enchilada sauce fills the place of a dominant taste. I was happy with the results and finished out the enchiladas before the rice. The rice had a sweet taste, though I never added sugar. It may have been the Caldo bouillon working those taste buds. The beans, as I write, are still cooking down. That and the rice may be supper tonight. I like experimenting to make traditional foods my own. Recall in the kitchen happens quicker that way and I’m not rifling through the files for an illegible hand written recipe. I’ve always pressed myself to be able to walk into any kitchen and get down to business and produce something, anything delectable and jarring a memory. Still workin’ on it.

~Pastied Pastry Cook

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Primer XXX: Methamphetamines.4

Posted by Tespid on February 15, 2015

The Top 10 States With the Most Meth Labs – Real Clear …

Sep 30, 2013 – But which states most resemble the TV show? … among drugs” because of “the general resistance to associating narcotic use with small towns.

Methamphetamine Trends In the United States – The White …

http://www.whitehouse.gov/…/pseudoephedrine_fact_sheet_7-16-…
White House

Methamphetamine labs cost State and local governments … found that most of the expenses due to meth use are a result of the “intangible burden that addiction.

The United States of Methamphetamine: Counties with the most known …

http://www.city-data.com › … › US Forums › General US
City‑Data
Feb 21, 2013 – 10 posts – ‎9 authors

Here’s the list of counties with the most known meth labs in each state. … Never use it. … Interesting, the 10 states named the most depressing on a list posted in another thread rank very high on the above list for Meth labs.

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Bone: Salt

Posted by Tespid on February 15, 2015

Fighting Stigmatization of Drug Users in Denver [FEATURE]

In many ways, ours is harsh, moralistic, and punitive society. One need only look at our world-leading incarceration rate to see the evidence. We like to punish wrongdoers, and our conception of wrongdoers often includes those who are doing no direct wrong to others, but who are doing things of which we don’t approve.

We label those people of whom we don’t approve. When it comes to drugs and drug use, the labels are all too familiar: Heroin users are “fucking junkies;” alcohol abusers are “worthless drunks;” cocaine smokers are “crack heads;” stimulant users are “tweakers;” people with prescription drug habits are “pill poppers.” The disdain and the labeling even extends to the use of drugs on the cusp of mainstream acceptance. Marijuana users are “stoners” or “pot heads” or “couch potatoes.”Such labeling — or stigmatizing — defines those people as different, not like us, capital-O Other. It dehumanizes the targeted population. And that makes it more socially and politically feasible to define them as threats to the rest of us and take harsh actions against them. It’s a pattern that we’ve seen repeatedly in the drug panics that sweep the nation on a regular basis. Drug users are likened to disease vectors or dangerous vermin that must be repressed, eradicated, wiped out to protect the rest of us.

(It is interesting in this regard to ponder the response to the most recent wave of opiate addiction, where, for the first time, users are being seen as “our sons and daughters,” not debauched decadents or scary people of color who live in inner cities. Yes, the impulse to punish still exists, but it is now attenuated, if not superseded, by calls for access to treatment.)

Never mind that such attitudes can be counterproductive. Criminalizing and punishing injection drug use has not, for example, slowed the spread of blood-borne infectious diseases such as HIV and hepatitis C. To the contrary, it has only contributed to the spread of those diseases. Likewise, criminalizing drug possession does not prevent drug overdoses, but it may well prevent an overdose victim’s friends or acquaintances from seeking life-saving medical attention for him.

A recent survey from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence reinforces the view that we tend to stigmatize drug users as morally decrepit. That survey found that Americans are significantly more likely to have negative attitudes about drug addiction and addicts than about mental illness.

Only one out of five said they would be willing to work closely on the job with a person addicted to drugs (as compared to 62% for mental illness), and nearly two-thirds said employers should be able to deny a job to someone with an addiction issue (as compared to 25% for mental illness). And 43% said drug addicts should be denied health insurance benefits available to the public at large.

“While drug addiction and mental illness are both chronic, treatable health conditions, the American public is more likely to think of addiction as a moral failing than a medical condition,” said study leader Colleen L. Barry, Ph.D. of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. “In recent years, it has become more socially acceptable to talk publicly about one’s struggles with mental illness. But with addiction, the feeling is that the addict is a bad or weak person, especially because much drug use is illegal.”

“The more shame associated with drug addiction, the less likely we as a community will be in a position to change attitudes and get people the help they need,” study coauthor Beth McGinty, Ph.D. said in a news release. “If you can educate the public that these are treatable conditions, we will see higher levels of support for policy changes that benefit people with mental illness and drug addiction.”

As the survey suggests, the process of stigmatization is an impediment to smart, evidence-based approaches to dealing with problematic drug use. Now, the Denver-based Harm Reduction Action Center is trying to do something about it.

In the last few days, it has rolled out a new anti-stigmatization campaign featuring the faces of injection drug users, the locations where they overdosed or suffered other bad consequences, and their individual stories in brief.”My name is Alan,” says a middle-aged man with a brushy mustache. “I overdosed on heroin. Right there in that parking lot in that picture. I know the risks of doing heroin, but drug dependency is strong.”

The second part of Alan’s message is repeated with each drug user pictured: “There are 11,500 injection drug users like me in Metro Denver. 73% of us carry Hepatitis C. 14% of us have HIV. The transmission of bloodborne diseases and drug overdoses are nearly 100% preventable. Support the Harm Reduction Action Center. Learn more about how our public health strategies keep you, and the people you know, safe.”

“My name is Andrew,” says a dreadlocked and pierced young man whose image is coupled with a photo of an empty apartment. “After a decade living as a homeless youth, the most traumatic thing that happened to me didn’t happen to me at all. It happened to my best friend Val. She died of a heroin overdose. Right here in this picture. She was my friend. She was someone’s daughter. Sobriety has taught me a lot about the thin line that separates us all. Val was someone you knew. She probably served you coffee. She probably even greeted you with a friendly smile.”

“My name is Joanna,” says a woman whose image is paired with a photo of a car parked beneath a highway overpass. “When I was diagnosed with lymphoma, I was prescribed a heavy dose of pain killers. Cancer hurts, but with treatment, it went away. My dependency on opioids did not. Two years later, this is where I live; in a car, under the interstate. I did not choose to get cancer. I did not choose to get dependent on opioids.”

The images and the messages are strong and direct. That’s the idea, explained HRAC executive director Lisa Raville.

“This campaign is about bringing awareness of our work in the community, focusing on the common sense approach championed by harm reduction,” she said. “Stigma, of course, is one of the biggest stumbling blocks, preventing otherwise reasonable conversation on the matter of communicable diseases and accidental overdoses. This campaign sets the scene that harm reduction is a valid and evidence-based approach to public health. Access to clean syringes, proper syringe disposal, and naloxone are key components to a comprehensive public health strategy that curbs the spread of HIV, HVC, and reduces the rate of otherwise fatal overdoses.”It’s a message directed at the general public even more than drug users themselves, Raville said.

“One of the fundamental problems faced by health care advocates working with injection drug users is a generalized, public perception that the issue is isolated to people and places outside of the normal social sphere. Generally speaking, our tendency is to dissociate our ordinary experiences — the people we know and the places we go — from things that we consider dangerous, dark, or forbidden,” she said.

“In the arena of injection drug use, the consequence of this mode of thinking has been historically devastating,” she continued. “Instead of crafting public policy that works to minimize the harm caused by addiction, our trajectory tends towards amplifying consequences for anyone that wanders outside of the wire and into these foreign spaces. Rather than treating addiction as a disease, we treat it as something that is volitional and deserving of its consequences. Accordingly, our policies view the contraction of blood-borne pathogens and the risk of overdose as deterrents to the act of injecting drugs.”

That cold-blooded attitude may make some people feel better about themselves and their policy prescriptions, but it hasn’t proven useful in reducing deaths, disease, or other harms resulting from injection drug use. Instead, it tends to increase them.

“These ‘consequences,’ of course, have little impact on rates of addiction,” Raville argued. “They do, however, all but ensure the continued spread of HIV and hepatitis C. Moreover, possession and distribution of naloxone, a drug that counters the effects of otherwise fatal opiate overdoses, remains criminal in many areas throughout the world.”

At bottom, the campaign is not just about drug users but about better public health.

“As our campaign points out, when we drive things underground, we make them truly dangerous,” Raville said. “Harm reduction is predicated on the fact that people use drugs. Those who inject drugs are among the most insular and at-risk for contracting HIV, HCV or dying of an overdose. Like a stone that falls in the water, these acute health-related events have ripples which touch all of us, regardless of whether or not we use drugs. HIV infects those who inject the same as those who do not; the best way to prevent its spread is to prevent its spread across all populations of people, not just those deemed more socially ‘worthy.’ By facing stigma head-on and by humanizing the people in our community who we serve, the Harm Reduction Action Center hopes to normalize the issue and bring the conversation about drug use and healthcare to a more practical level. As a public health agency that serves people who inject, we could get so much more done in our community without stigma.”

Denver, CO

United States

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Primer XXX:Methamphetamines.2: Fish Bait (repost)

Posted by Tespid on February 15, 2015

  • Bill Clinton Apologizes To Mexico For War On Drugs

    Huffington Post-Feb 13, 2015
    Meth production had been driven underground and pushed into Mexico in the late ’60s and ’70s as a result of federal legislation. It fell into the …
  • Otago Daily Times

    The rise and fall of Mark Lyon

    New Zealand Herald-Feb 13, 2015
    … from inner-city penthouse to a seamy underground world of drugs, sex … For Lyon, his addiction to methamphetamine was entwined with a …
  • Silk Road operator found guilty, faces life in prison

    New York Post-Feb 4, 2015
    … guilty of masterminding a notorious underground website known as “Silk Road” that let its clientele buy and sell methamphetamine, cocaine, …
  • Not your grandpa’s LSD

    Yale Daily News-Feb 3, 2015
    Dispatches from this psychedelic underground were diverse. … which include heroin and methamphetamine as well as most psychedelics, …
  • How Research Scientists Get Free Illegal Drugs from the Government

    Gizmodo-Jan 28, 2015
    … runs parallel to the shadowy if better known underground drug trade. … Research-grade marijuana or cocaine or methamphetamine has to …
  • KOMO News

    Drugs, bunkers, gun range, arsenal and former Sonics player found

    Kirkland Reporter-Oct 18, 2014
    Underground bunkers for growing marijuana and later a shooting range. … manufacturing and selling methamphetamine and heroin out of his …
  • The Guardian

    When drugs do work

    Financial Times-Nov 28, 2014
    … psychotherapy with 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine – better … so I decided instead to be an underground psychedelic therapist.”.
  • New twist on old scourge: Boise police say synthetic drugs being

    The Idaho Statesman-Oct 21, 2014
    Sold in small foil packets or containers resembling traditional bath … Hallucinogenic drug popular at rave, techno and underground parties. … Synthetics can be more addictive than methamphetamine or cocaine, he said.
  • The colossal government failure that obstructed a potentially major

    Salon-Sep 21, 2014
    Some therapists took their practice underground, continuing to conduct illegal … In traditional therapy, attempts to approach the root causes — a necessary …. d-methamphetamine instead of the intended drug, racemic MDMA.
  • Editorial: Rx-only for PSE remains best way to fight meth

    Terre Haute Tribune Star-Feb 9, 2015
    Vigo County’s meth lab busts fell in 2014 from 40 to 37, but, because of the state’s overall decline in lab busts, Vigo rose back into the state’s top …
  • American ISIS: The Domestic Terrorist Fallout of the Iraq War

    VICE-Feb 13, 2015
    The Springfield semiautomatic 9mm handgun used by Page in Oak Creek was, … The most shocking part of Page’s story was that he was completely open …. recruiting American soldiers to act as clandestine hit men in the United States, … for their part in a large methamphetamine trafficking organization.

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Primer XXX: Methamphetamines.1

Posted by Tespid on February 15, 2015

Interview with a Former Underground Chemist

This interview was conducted with an underground chemist who was a principal partner in a large-scale operation in the mid 1990s involving the production and distribution in North America of MDMA, LSD and DMT.  Lax security procedures allowed an informer to pass information to the DEA which eventually led to the interviewee’s enforced retirement from this work and his subsequent detention for several years.

(1) You said earlier that you were “dabbling with synthetic techniques”.  Is it relatively easy to create a different drug that could lead to slightly different effects?

No, it is not easy.  A highly skilled and educated chemist with access to all the necessary chemicals and tools could fiddle with a recipe for a known drug and make a new analogue that has different effects.  Most underground chemists are not skilled enough to do this, and even if they were they would find that the effects are different enough to make marketing difficult or impossible.  Underground chemists by and large will follow tried and true recipes for well known illegal drugs like methamphetamine, PCP, LSD or MDMA [ecstasy].  That is where the money is.

I should clarify that we were not dabbling with novel drug analogues.  We did develop some novel recipes and shortcuts for large-scale production of a few well-known recreational drugs.

(2) With no rules in place regarding labs, how difficult is it for hospitals and police to keep up with what’s new on the street?

It is not difficult at all, regardless of lack of rules.  It’s a question of policy.  All the information is out in the public domain, and if an underground chemist can get it, they can get it.  If they aren’t already completely informed about all aspects of what’s on the scene or what might appear on the scene either they aren’t doing their homework or they don’t have the funding.  In our current climate of prohibition rather than harm-reduction there is probably little opportunity or incentive to get a rational education or to do research on what’s out there or what could be out there, be it for hospitals, police, or for our kids for that matter.  But if the authorities really care to be informed, there is nothing stopping them.  Maybe they should hire an ex-undergound chemist as a consultant!

I should add that you actually are not likely to see anything really new on the street, and certainly no synthetic drug the authorities wouldn’t or couldn’t already know about.  Most underground chemists simply don’t have the time, the skill, the resources, or the incentive to make novel drugs.

(3) You say you prided yourself with the production of pure drugs, adding you were naïve regarding the “cutting” process.  How so? What’s the big deal about stepping on product, and implications for buyers?

It’s not that we were naïve about the cutting process: it is common knowledge that drugs get stepped on as you go from production to retail levels.  We just didn’t think this would happen with the MDMA we were making.  MDMA or ecstasy is a drug that tends to generate strong positive feelings of love, empathy, and caring, and we assumed, naïvely as it turns out, that people down the line would behave accordingly.  We put out very pure product in powder form, in bulk.  In retrospect it is likely that most of this product got stepped on somewhere down the line by unscrupulous dealers.  The implication for end-users is that a lot of money changed hands but they got little bang for their buck, and the essential message of ecstasy got totally lost.  This is one of the more disappointing lessons from my underground experiences.

(4) What synthetic drugs are generally available?

DMT crystals
DMT crystal (2″, 5 cm, high)

The main synthetics — with high potential for abuse and harm — are methamphetamine or speed, and PCP.  A looming danger is freebase methamphetamine, known as ICE on the street, for which crack cocaine is paving the way.  The main recreational synthetics in the city I live in are ecstasy or E, and LSD.  You might occasionally see some MDA, some 2CB or Nexus, some ketamine or K, and some DMT, but these are more difficult to come by.  Most of what passes for K is probably the related but potentially much more harmful PCP.  You also hear about GHB use in recreational settings, but unlike the other recreational drugs its effects are not particularly mind-expanding, they’re more like what you’d get from alcohol.

(5) What perceptions and concerns do you have concerning young people getting into the drug scene?

Young people will get into anything.  They are by nature curious and hungry for direct experience, as opposed to the ‘because-I-tell-you-so’ type of input.  If there is something taboo about it, of course their curiosity will be piqued even more.  Today there are so many more things to be curious about than 30 or 40 years ago.  We have to be realistic and accept this fact, and we have to be rational and caring rather than hysterical and afraid.  Just-Say-No not only doesn’t work, it makes things far worse because we end up sacrificing reason and truth on the altar of prohibition.  The War on Drugs and the hysterical suppression of rational information that goes with it are the worst imaginable response to a situation that is rooted in a universal and natural human need to be able, from time to time, to change our consciousness.

My concern is not with young people getting into recreational chemicals.  It is unavoidable, because that genie is out of the bottle.  The harm arising from recreational drug use is not high, by any standard.  I would much rather see a bunch of informed young people celebrating life, music, dance, and each other high on E, marijuana, LSD or any combination thereof, than an ignorant, rowdy, and aggressive bunch of kids wasted on alcohol.  My real concern is with how we can reduce the potential harm arising from the use of the more addictive drugs in a climate where most of the harm we see is a direct result of prohibition itself.  If we carry on much longer with this misguided policy, the damage can only get worse.

(6) Are there unscrupulous underground chemists who will sell anything for a buck?

Unfortunately yes, and they deserve to be behind bars.  They operate without any concern for the end users of their product, or for anyone else for that matter.  It doesn’t really matter to them what they cook up, or how pure it is, as long as it’s easy to make, and as long as it sells.  They are not concerned about lab safety, or about the disposal of waste chemicals.  They might cut their product right at source, mixing in a little of this or that.  This is a worst-case description, and I’ve never met anyone quite like this, but I’m sure there must be such people.

(7) Do you believe there are labs in your city and/or is product coming from out of the country?

Yes, there are probably several labs in and around my city.  Maybe even a large one, especially following the vacuum left by our retirement awhile back.  Mostly these labs would be making ecstasy and methamphetamine.  Probably no LSD, because this is quite difficult to make.  Maybe a few people making 2CB.  Maybe some MDA.  Probably PCP.  And probably lots of people cooking up GHB in their kitchens, because it is easy and not illegal.

There is definitely product coming from out of the country as well.

A new thing we’ll start seeing on the streets, if it isn’t here already, is ICE or freebase methamphetamine.  It will come from outside and it will be locally produced.  This one is bad, worse than crack.  Crack is paving the way for the distribution of ICE on the streets here.

(8) Does the law need revamping to eliminate loopholes?

For recreational drugs there are some loopholes in the relevant legislation, but it would take a chemist with legal savvy or a lawyer with a good chemical background to identify them.  A creative chemist could make numerous analogues of well-known recreational drugs and get away with it, in spite of the inclusion of the word ‘analogue’ in the legislation.

My feeling of course is that the law doesn’t need revamping in this sense.  The law needs reforming, it needs serious revision.  Addictive drugs need to be moved from the sphere of prohibition into the medical arena, and recreational drugs need to be decriminalized if not outright legalized.  Most of the criminal supply-side problems would evaporate very quickly.  Actually, the whole flavor of our current drug legislation makes me wonder whether our legislators are really addressing issues that reflect reasoned analysis of harm, or whether they are just going through knee-jerk reactions stimulated by hysteria, ignorance, and fear.  Melvyn Green, writing in an excellent book called Illicit Drugs in Canada, says: “… penal sanctions should mirror a hierarchy of risks so as to maximize personal freedom while simultaneously minimizing the chances of truly hazardous consequences.  Unfortunately, in Canada, such is not the case.”

Personally I’m not very optimistic about drug law reform.  It runs squarely against the interests of the major organized stakeholders in the more than half-trillion dollar annual global drug market.  Their main source of revenue depends on continued global prohibition.  With such enormous annual revenues, there is little doubt that these organizations have very firm stakes in regular economies, regular banking, and regular legislation, and not just in Columbia! What we see happening in the US today is that the War on Drugs and related erosion of personal rights and freedoms drive up prices and increase the customer base.  It is not too farfetched to suggest that major organized crime, with its power to influence legislation in its interests, is using drug prohibition as a business tool.  Most people would probably say: No, that cannot be happening.  But I think they don’t realize what’s really going on — they are simply sticking their heads in the sand.

And it is interesting to note that the drug legislation in many countries contains parts that are copied verbatim from the US drug laws.  This raises the interesting political question of exactly who is formulating the drug policies and drug laws of these countries — domestic legislators or US “advisors”?

(9) If drugs aren’t going away what about changes to the education system and public awareness? Does the “forbidden fruit” aspect increase the dangers of designer drug use?

Awareness and education are essential but not sufficient.  Availability of pure, bona-fide drugs, a non-criminal environment, and an adequate medical and social safety net are equally important.  All of these are lacking in the prohibitionary environment of today.  Many drug policy experts, including members of the police and medical professions, even US drug czar Gen. Barry McCaffrey, agree that the War on Drugs and prohibition are failed policies.  What is needed is an enlightened policy of decriminalization and legalization that is realistic and proactive about inevitable social and medical fallout.  There will of course be a price to pay to put an end to this unwinnable “war” (which is, of course, not a war but rather a long-running government program), but it will be much less than the bankruptcy we would face if we were to carry on into the prohibitionary abyss.

(10) The “scale of harm” comparison we spoke of … with alcohol, the cutting process, lack of knowledge, where do certain designer drugs rank and how might they fluctuate?

OK, let’s use mortality and hospitalization as our main indicators of harm.  There are of course many other factors that go into any equation that aims at quantifying harm, but death and hospitalization are surely paramount, and they get the point across.  In comparing drugs we also have to adjust for different numbers of users, frequency of use, etc.  Doing all of that, and taking into account what we know about cutting, adulteration, combining with alcohol or other drugs, etc., the empirical observations would still put almost all recreational drugs, including LSD, very low on the scale of harm.  Above caffeine and marijuana, but still pretty low.  I think it’s too early to say what ketamine will look like, but I suspect it will lie a bit higher, but still far below the addictive drugs, including methamphetamine.  I don’t know where PCP would fall, but I think it is probably up there as well.  Freebase methamphetamine, once it hits our streets, will end up topping the scale, as far as chemicals go.  But let’s point out one very important fact: the harm of all illegal drugs combined, including heroin and crack cocaine, literally pales in comparison to the astronomical harm caused by alcohol and tobacco! And also, that the harm arising from all illegal drugs would come down if we abandoned supply-side prohibition tactics and adopted harm reduction strategies.

(11) When you hear in the news about kids OD’ing at parties what goes through your mind?

It’s a zoo out there.  Many kids indiscriminately gobble powders or pills or what have you, without knowing what or how much they are getting.  Then they combine that with alcohol, they do two or more drugs at a time, they get overheated and dehydrated while dancing.  All of which can lead, and in a few cases has led, to serious problems.  That it doesn’t happen more frequently is to some extent a testimony to the relative safety of these recreational chemicals.  And actually most kids are not at all stupid or careless.  After all, they are not out to have a bad time.

Most problems we hear about can be avoided by being informed, being in a good frame of mind, and partying in a safe and supportive environment.  I actually doubt that the problem cases reported in the media are related to true overdosing.  Kids are more likely to underdose because of the stepping process.  Problems are more likely to be caused by misrepresentation of one drug as being another — especially in the case of PCP being passed off as K (K enlightens when used properly but an excessive dose of PCP can easily result in temporary and possibily dangerous delusion) — and by combining chemicals and alcohol.

(12) Cops talk about the difficulties of not always getting what you paid for.  In your experience, how difficult is it to get your hands on certain drugs.  Do the inexperienced have any idea what they’re getting into?

Unfortunately there is lots of misrepresentation going on at the street level, especially with a drug as popular as ecstasy [MDMA].  With E, you are very likely to actually get methamphetamine, or perhaps the ecstasy analog MDEA.  A nondiscriminating user whose main thing is dancing and who has developed a tolerance anyway will probably not notice much difference.  Unless they know what real ecstasy is like, most people who think they are high on ecstasy are not.  Not only are you not likely to get what you paid for, you also probably aren’t getting something that is pure either.  To top it all off, in case you are lucky enough to get real E, you almost certainly won’t be getting enough.

Bottom line is: experienced or not, you will never know for sure what you are getting.  Only chemical testing can tell you what you’ve really got and how much, and we are way behind some European countries that allow on-site and storefront testing.  Lacking that, most kids are fortunately smart enough to ask around, and they will at least know that something won’t make them sick or worse.  Bad drugs tend to get noticed pretty quickly.

(13) Crack: why has it taken so long to arrive here and why is it such a concern?

To answer your question we have to look at what happened in the mid-eighties, when crack cocaine first exploded onto the US market.  This story sounds unbelievable, but it happened, for real.  The US was first flooded with crack by distribution networks that had close ties to Reagan’s beloved Contras [rebels fighting the Sandinista government in Nicaragua in the 1980s] and, somewhat more ominously, to the CIA as well.  This is how these alliances raised money for their war, and they were backed in this effort by other shady arms in the US government.  The implications of this story are truly scary.  The US-based crack alliance didn’t just evaporate when the Contra affair ended! We’re now more than 10 years later, the US crack markets are saturated or they are losing some ground to cheap heroin and freebase meth.  Well, guess what? Time to expand the market! And Canada is a prime target as well.  I feel sorry for the authorities that have to deal with this one, because they’re damned if they do — prices go up, problems increase — and they’re damned if they don’t.  Either way the big guys are laughing all the way to the bank, and it’s very unlikely that they will ever get caught.  They are simply too big and powerful, they are beyond reach.  We can ultimately thank Ronnie Reagan for this mess.  What a monumental criminal he was, with his Just-Say-No campaign!

Back to crack.  Why is it such a concern? Unlike cocaine hydrochloride, which is normally snorted but needs to be injected for maximum punch, crack is easy to consume, without those nasty needles, you simply smoke it.  You just inhale, whoosh, it goes straight to the brain, delivering a strong euphoric and stimulating rush, and it does it quickly.  Problem is, you crash just about as quickly, way down below where you started, and the only quick way out of the hole is by doing more.  For most people this becomes a highly addictive cycle, and it can cause some pretty severe health problems.  Second problem is that crack is cheap compared to cocaine, and it is usually pretty pure.  It nets the upper end dealers way more than if they were to sell the equivalent amount of cocaine from which they make the crack.  So there you have it: crack is a problem because it is highly addictive, cheap, profitable, and easy to market.  Another major problem with crack is that it is paving the way for the even more harmful marketing of freebase methamphetamine.

There is only one rational way out of this mess: Put organized drug crime out of business by getting the marketing of addictive drugs off the street and into the medical arena.  Legalize and regulate them, and deal with the inevitable problems that remain in a realistic fashion.  The damage will be much less than by fighting a losing battle.  Do it before the marketing organizations consolidate their global alliance and become too powerful, or they will not allow us that option!

(14) Please comment on the slight return to studying certain drugs for their psychotherapeutic value.

Over the last few years the US Food and Drug Administration has opened the doors slightly to renewed research on humans with a few psychedelic drugs, notably with LSD, MDMA, DMT and a few lesser-known drugs.  It appears that sanity might just prevail here.  These drugs are, after all, not at all the same as the addictive drugs with high abuse potential.  There is lots of evidence that these substances are not only relatively harmless if used in an informed way, but that under certain circumstances and for certain medical and therapeutic purposes they can actually be extremely beneficial.

Some of the promising new research involves the treatment of pain and trauma in terminal cancer patients, treatment of alcoholism, and addiction to other drugs, which may come as a surprise to many people.  In the case of LSD anyway, this was already well known in the 1960s, before mass fear and hysteria resulted in the criminalization of these interesting and promising compounds.  Hopefully this softening in regulatory approach will continue to include the use of these substances in the serious study of what is possibly the most important frontier of all: the human mind.  Much has already been done in this field, but sadly the fascinating results of these studies are not generally appreciated or taken seriously by most people, if they even know about them in the first place.  And yet the enlightened use of psychedelic plants and drugs is as old as humanity, and has contributed in many ways to the highest levels of human achievement.  The evidence for this is large, and it is available to anyone who makes the effort to become familiar with this field.  These drugs deserve all the research we are capable of doing.  The benefits to humanity could be enormous.

In addition to a legal softening for research purposes, I hope there will be one day, soon, when these drugs can be used legally and safely for recreational purposes.  I believe that we have the natural and inalienable right to do with our bodies and minds as we please, as long as we are informed and don’t hurt or inconvenience other people.  The bottom line is that these drugs are relatively benign, they will not go away, and they will always be used recreationally.  To have this happen under the heavy specter of prohibition, that, in my mind, is what is criminal, because it causes more harm than the use of the drugs themselves.

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Cooking: A Requested HP Salad

Posted by Tespid on February 14, 2015

HP Salad (Herbed Pea Salad)

I’ve been asked to post this recipe from my original write-up in the kitchen after eating.

I just looked it over and I am shocked. Since the recipe I originally wrote, each time I cooked it, pale

comparisons of a good meal graced the table. Good luck adjusting to your tastes. In the least enjoy the time in the kitchen.

1 bag of herbal greens (Choose 1/4 cup of one herb or 1 tablespoon of each of Oregano, Rosemary, Basil or Thyme) or 1 cup fresh spinach finely chopped

1 small bag fresh or frozen peas

1 cup pesto or (1 Tablespoon olive oil, 1/2-1 juice and zest of a lemon, 1/2 t salt and 1/2 pepper)

2-4 broiled chicken breasts

1/2-1 c of sunflower seeds or pine nuts

1/4 cup of shredded mozzarella

Defrost peas by placing them in a strainer, then run and turn them in hot water. Place in a large bowl.

Add in spinach, chopped chicken breasts, mozzarella and pine nuts.

Either toss with pesto only or gently pull fresh herbs from their main stem and crush. Add the herbs to the pea, mozzarella, spinach and chicken. Lastly add the vinaigrette to the bowl and gently toss to coat

Enjoy,

-Pastied Pastry Chef

Giving credit where credit is due means that you should know this is a modified version of something I saw in a magazine.

If I ever find my notes or a torn page from a monthly, I’ll drop you a hint. For now, between you and me? Let’s eat.

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As Requested

Posted by Tespid on February 3, 2015

The following is an extended and edited version of a dated rewrite of the post “Concentration..Are you Ready?

Sketchy Oral history
07/26/2009
Ten years ago I met a nervous woman at Detroit Public Library – Central. This was not an intentional meeting. I had taken researching on the road to see what treasures I could find in spaces considered remote from my college. My undergraduate thesis in history had seemingly gone dry for what I had access to. That fall I was beginning to bridge a historical gap between Anti-Masonry, Catholicism and the American Baptist Movement. Anti-Masonry was a new concept to me and I wanted to dig into the search with as much energy as I could muster. Turns out, I found something else. This nervous woman, not knowing who I was or what I was doing, began speaking to me, quick about her words, about how some library patrons watch for people in libraries. I feigned cluelessness and continued to listen with ha passive interest as I unpacked my bag. Someone told me that I may be in for trouble by researching Masonry, it being a secret society and all. Researching at a public library may put me at risk for all the cloak, dagger and mental illness that the city could muster on a cold weekday in the middle of autumn. I thought there was a personal warning hidden in her diatribe. With that thought I change my demeanor and paid attention in earnest.
With an invitation to sit with me while I worked, she calmed down. I set up the word processor and opened one of the books the clerks retrieved for me. I mentally shifted into the silence for an earnest days work when she started talking again. Nervous woman went on to recount, as if from experience, that there were religious concentration camps in the United States. My ears of course perked up and I remembered the Japanese concentration camps in California. I thought I knew where she might be going, but not long after I got wary when she told me a pastor was having a meeting to talk about it tonight. The next moment I remember odd movements catching my eye. Looking to my left, as she started in on a lengthy explanation about this camp meeting, I noticed a woman dressed in light blue and white. Her skirt came below her knees but the sensible shoes were not what prompted my heightening unease. It was the light blue habit with a white band pinned around her forehead. I vaguely remembered that was the dress of the acolytes I the Nation of Islam; another religious group I equated with cult status. She seemed oblivious of the two of us, but even I know timing is everything. I grabbed my bags searching for a pencil, then asked the nervous woman to continue. The rest of the meeting, I felt, would be at my risk.
A gentle fear ran up my spine, thinking that if I showed up at the meeting, I would be put into a camp. In the back of my mind I thought of her camps as cults.
As I remember, she stuck with me for two to three hours. I intently listened to her between writing notes. She seemed desperate and I became hooked on her strange stories and odd details ( None of which I remember to this day, except her insistence that I come to the meeting.) In my head I thought her methods were another cult recruitment technique. With that clue mounting in my consciousness, I wonder in hindsight why I did not ask her to leave me alone or to pack up myself and move to another table. I stuck with her. I stuck with the nervous woman because deep down in my gut, I knew she needed help and in the least someone listening to her may help. I’m not advertising myself as a beacon of light, but it seems God knows what we study in the wee minutes after two in the morning. Study and testing always comes to light and being out in the field is a daily ever endeavor. I packed up when she got quiet and asked if she would like to talk outside in the courtyard. Memory convinced me that if I could pull her out of the scene, the library, she might stabilize and change to some semblance of normality. Strange how I remember sound reverberating in Wayne State University’s courtyard as if it was all being recorded from multiple angles. Paranoia? Maybe. She talked more and never told me where. In three or four times of her asking me to come, she never told me where. It has been a while, but she finally mentioned a flyer she could get from her car. By then I firmly declined and gave her a few pieces of advice. One of which was for her to be careful with whom she spoke with. Also be mindful where they spoke to you. Lastly, I do not know where this came from, but I told her to watch the birds. They will let you know when it is time to leave. She asked me to repeat that at least once more. I did. The naturalist in me understands now, somewhat, why I told her that. Even then, if it was a set up, I comfortable with what I remember my actions and words were.
As if someone told him what I did that day, Dad talked to me that night about how there are some people who you do not talk to. Nervous woman fit several of the types he discussed. I’ll have to credit that to experience and try to remember for future endeavors. Too bad Dad never warned me about older African-American men who look harmless. This one intercepted me on the way to the same library I met nervous woman. He had historical tips about Freemasonry, slave transports, and wheat pennies. Thinking about him, I looked something up a few weeks ago and realized that my Grandfather loved me very very much. And one day, I’ll find out what the profile of John Fitzgerald Kennedy on a coin really means. Now and then.

At https://uprkermittfrog.wordpress.com is a copy of a webpage I found today. Posted on the web years ago, the website made it into its archives. It proves what the woman was discussing was true and that it goes south of the Mason-Dixon Line as well. Funny thing is what could the U.S. government has turned the Japanese internment camps into? Wal-Mart? Now I know where the Guantanamo detainees are going. Connecting dots, the shadow program that Leon Panetta is revealing to Congress must have links to these places. I hardly think it will shut down, except to the public eye.

I wonder if that woman was trying to get me to shun my worldly ways and enter a secure cult compound. Where would I have gone? Maybe to one of those sites listed? What about the people who attended these meetings and did it occur at the local public library? Where are these organizers at? In a cult compound like what David Koresh did? [Everyone is leaving Detroit from what I hear–even busing kids out to go to school. Three high schools have closed already; tons of elementary schools as well.]

I feel a little better about leaving a dime outside of a police officer’s email. I didn’t realize it would pay its way through to the U.S. Congressional capital building. Well, maybe.To be honest, I got worried, with as many people being unemployed about what they will do to survive. Images from movies from the 1960’s kept popping up in my mind for the past year and a half. Picked up and bused out singing “Michael, row your boat ashore”; trading the labor of their hands for food, shelter and water. I hope it never gets that bad to feel you have to farm out your own mind.

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Medicine Bread A

Posted by Tespid on January 29, 2015

While I was out and about in Las Vegas I got a request for a bread recipe I stumbled upon in the kitchen about six years ago. It may be nothing special, but I worked on it year after year till I corrected and mastered nuances for taste and yield. Yearly around Easter I made a large batch to give to church friends and neighbors. I coupled the bread with red eggs and something hearty like Amish Cream of Mushroom Soup. The combination was a hit. It has been at least a year or two since I’ve baked bread and pastries, but this recipe I side with every spring when the rains come to shower the garden.
I was asked to post the original recipe as soon as I arrived at the homestead. I following is what I could cipher from that first long night in the kitchen cooking like a chemist and trying not to devour the ingredients. With that said I must remind you of two things I learned years after the first batch: 1) Proof your yeast with the liquid components, and 2) The butter called for in the recipe was born out of curiosity and a kindergarten memory. Buttermilk is used in the shaking. Little did I know that buttermilk is what is left over after you make butter. I’ve since substituted store bought butter for the liquid mix. It work well. Thanks to the encouragement and curiousity, I’ll be going back to the fundamentals of the recipe next time I bake in the spring.
Forgot something. The core bread recipe needs a correction for salt. Add in at least ½- 1 teaspoon.
Note: The yield is for a double batch of bread. Read the whole recipe through and please understand that the recipes below are from an experimental stand point. I had never made bread before then. So if you have, please look with a critical eye to surmise what is needed. Either way, enjoy.
So, as requested, my notes, with a little tweaking, as is.
Good luck and Happy Baking!

Butter
Code: Alpha
½ cup of buttermilk
2 cups of heavy whipping cream
¼ teaspoon of sea salt or iodized of salt
1 glass jar (recycled, reused from applesauce (organic) metal lid.
Place ingredients in jar and close the lid. Shake for a few minutes a day and place in the refrigerator in between. Also shake continuously till clumping and solids form on the top of the liquid. For anyone you are feeding, let them take turns as well. Once no more solids form at the top, you may use the butter in the bread recipe. (When I first made the bread recipe below I used a blend of the solids and liquids remaining in the butter jar).
Medicine Bread
Code: Alpha
January 22, 2008 between 9p.m. – 12 a.m. (01/23/08)
Baked bread ref. sourdough, whole recipes, egg bread.
Use only ceramic, glass and wooden tools
2 packages yeast
1/3 cup of 100% raw unfiltered honey
1 cup of homemade butter
1 cup of filtered (4x) water
Use last three ingredients and blend. Raise their temperature to somewhere between 110-115 degrees Fahrenheit. Add yeast to liquid mixture in a ceramic bowl. Let sit to have east multiply for 15minutes.
3 cups of white flour
2 brown eggs, beaten
Wooden spoon
One large bowl
3 cups of whole wheat flour
3 Tablespoons of ground flax seeds. 4 shallots
3 cloves of garlic
½ cup of fresh oregano (Greek)
Make a well in the wheat flour and add ½ of the eggs
Fold and mix. Add ½ yeast liquid. Mix. Add eggs. Mix. Add remaining liquid. Mix. Knead in 2 cups of white flour. (not self-rising). Rise the first time 1.5 – 2 hours. Punch down gently. Rise a second time for 1 hour. Divide dough into two sections. Place in square pans and rise one hour. Temper oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit then lower to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake 30-45 minutes
Please note:
The crust is thick. The bread is soft in the middle and holds it’s shape. There is a smooth texture that is appealing to the eye. There is a strong aroma that come from the oven when the bread is cooking. The same aroma holds after cooling though not as profound. There is a small question of wether the read is suitable to being stuffed with meat for dumplings.

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Travel Journal.1

Posted by Tespid on January 28, 2015

I’ve been out and about on the West Coast for a minute or two. Got a new assignment: Methamphetamines. I’ll be starting a primer for it. As the topic seems to benefit several requests I have had in the past, I may be taking a more critical tack to build the primer. Meanwhile below is for a kind voice in the air that prompted me to work a little harder. Thanks for the confidence in me. Alas I digress. Read to your hearts content.

Let’s start in November-a time to bridge on cold and praying that no snow will grace the ground. Honestly? I do not remember much about November except for turkey and making rolls from scratch. Apparently it is my new chore come the holidays. I’m not knocking it at all. It is just I was not expecting it-feeling that I had not completely made the cut to cook for friends and relatives on such an important day. My first turkey was made during my senior year in college. I’ll always love the little pop up lever in the middle of the turkey. I would have been livid if my guests had gotten sick. I dare not fly in the face of the wind with a bout of salmonella. So for now it is cleaning a few rooms, all of the floors, regular frontal attacks at left over dishes and baking bread.
Still, I did not start in on November for that significance. I sit here calmly now having been through the shock and significance. I’m still here and remembering Joseph in Genesis is a short way to correct my attitude to give thanks to God and dare I say that I have gathered and been taught of the Great Spirit. When it is a said and done, you may say what you will. Remember though, it always starts with the small stuff and gains momentum going downhill.
Small visuals I brought back from sleep was a row, dare I say grove of prickly pears. What caught my eye in the dream was that the danced and waved back and forth as if in front of me. Soon I recognized that they were larger that most of the fruit I have had. Most fit in my palm, these danced on the curve of the cactus were the size of footballs. Being somewhat lucid and competent in the dream, I had enough cognizance to count eight large cacti. The number eight and the image of the fruit I made room for in a memory in my mind. It rooted firmly and for a few months to come in sat dormant.
We, mom and I, were coming east from San Francisco on our way to Las Vegas. We finally hit open road instead of traffic and large signs started popping up on the horizon for fresh fruits and nut. Honestly, it was an oasis in the middle of rolling hills. It also was a nice change to the political/economic signs that were scattered every few miles. They read “No water = No jobs”. One would think that this oasis was out of place, but link to the gas station, they were bound to get visitors. We pulled around the yellow building that had no windows, but many cut aways. We were greeted by a rabbi and slowly went around all the rows. Mom found her $.25/lb oranges as advertised on the billboards. I on the other hand looked out the window and saw cacti teeming with cactus fruit. I stood still for a second with a clueless visage. I asked the rabbi if I could pick their fruit. He said yes and at no charge. I screamed for joy. All this out in the side brush of the highway and no one had a clue. He gave me a bag and I started picking. My issue of picking out of season lingered and left. The dream was driving me on and I had to. I promise you that I had to. I stood there in the grove and counted. There were at least eight towering cacti teeming with fruit. I looked for spiders and did not get to low in case a rattler was nesting. Turn to the right and there were a few trees with growth beneath them. I was almost positive past of the growth was Nasturtiums. Nasturtiums produce edible flowers. The kind man told me I could take anything I want out there. I said thank you, but I couldn’t. It was too beautiful to disturb.
What I did not tell you happened over six years ago. I had left the house where I lived to go out looking for a job. I had no vehicle, so shoe leather express was the one was to go. I left early one day without eating. I was still keeping my mind in order by pursuing my “Medicine Wars” Project. Looking, identifying and eating wild food was part of the plan. I put it aside some days, but I never give up no matter where I go. So, hunger propelled me that morning. Going out the back way of the plan, there are a few businesses. One of which is a place that orders/builds fire trucks. Outside is a small cactus plant about three by three feet. Perched on top was what I identified as cactus fruit. I pulled about three–Enough to eat now and some to feast on later. I was a while since I had seen the fruit in the stores, but I took a chance and ate for a day and then some. That memory left an imprint on my soul. Everywhere I look now, I know the Medicine Wars Project works. I’m more inclined to making the maps, learning to track and continuing with stitching sign.
Artlife was up close and personal these past three weeks. In the beginning of the trip started to journal and it fell away in the milieu. The advice I got was not to draw or journal, just soak it up. I drew once and that was at Red Rock Canyon outside of Las Vegas. Meanwhile, I’m starting to filter out and remember. Good stuff most assuredly I will tell. No matter how far into this year it takes.
Hope you are healthy and all is well.

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Correction Fluid

Posted by Tespid on January 9, 2015

A friend asked me to post this. Hopefully with as much vigor as I had when regaling. I admit it. I am a teller of tales. Some due to be showered with more truth than I can explain. So, on with the topic. I overheard that I am failing in my dream research, practice and readings. The man’s voice asked another if I had talked about dream money. He wondered if I knew I the whole point of dreaming is to be making dream money when in REM or afterwards. In the milieu of sounds that followed, I opted to shut up and pay a little inner attention. The issue sounded familiar to me, but I could not place the occasion. The air came to a still as I could hear the radio announcer more clearly. Then came the flood, memories that is, and occasions I called mile markers that categorize my active and passive psyche.

About in the mid-90’s I started having dreams that I was either looking for a job or at work. Dream work was nothing like a power forward position in an organization. I seemed to be courting situations of shop girl and floor worker. Besides that I could not shake the labyrinths of store fronts and tents beckoning me to buy, buy, buy their wares. I never seemed to have money in these dream states, so having a dream job seemed perfect. In the middle of these dreams of conspicuous consumption and dire wish for metaphysical items, I finally woke up. Dream worlds may be akin to those of shamanic alter realities. If you can consciously choose to follow into those realms as opposed to recreating waking reality, you might find a wealth of understanding that goes beyond “Cesar” and coins emblazoned with his profile. Why should I spend my time working, when I can go play elsewhere?

I did earn dream money once, just a bit. More like a dollar or two. I think I purchased and object and forgot to bring it with me into waking reality. Meaning that I did not pursue an issue of manifestation. I never was able to use the money again. I also learned a folly of purchasing items in a dream state, especially food. Frequently the items had poison or were laced with drugs, namely hallucinogens. For the sake of bridging both worlds, I have to note to watch for sandwich shops in the middle of nowhere. I’m not talking about “SUBWAY” setting up for an event. I’m talking mom and pop in the middle of a makeshift wooden booth with half-cooked meat. I never did get sick the first and last time I ate. It’s just I got so high in the dream, I missed my exit and forgot what I was to complete in the dream. Wherever I tripped to the people around me disappeared. It all seemed like Persephone being lured and trapped by pomegranate seeds into the underworld. I never made it back. The dream always ended before I could find a proverbial door to return through. After that I knew what to stay away from especially after watching a sheriff and deputy duck under the crowd and disappear. I finally got the hint today. It has been at least a decade since I remembered this. Dream language, gotta love it.

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Reference Question: As requested

Posted by Tespid on January 6, 2015

Dear Anonymous:

The following are links to your query needing information on a K-9 dog’s nervous system:

Yahoo results link

Google results link

Note: The two link concentrate on the central nervous system and does not include the peripheral nervous system.

Google news link (If you have browsing time, some article here may be applicable and timely for what your search parameters may include.)

Flagged books that may be of interest:

If you need more information or a tighter package, just let me know. Magazine articles are not included, but can be searched for upon request. Thanks again for throwing us a bone!

~NCC

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